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The first book digitization project, founded in 1971 by Michael Hart, a student at the University of Illinois. Hart's goal was to make the most often queried books in the public domain available free of charge to the public in electronic format. As of 2019, more than 57,000 titles were digitized, including literature, religious texts and reference works. Downloads are in one or several of plain text, HTML, PDF and various e-book formats. The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, founded in 2000, manages the all-volunteer effort

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Wilcox's students had been issued iPads in our district's 1:1 initiative, so we decided this was a perfect time to show students how to locate books from the classics list using the Gutenberg Project app, and ebooks from the contemporary list using the 3M Cloud Library app.
The Internet Archive, launched in 1996, was, along with the Gutenberg Project, one of the pioneer projects aimed at making large numbers of scanned texts and other digitized media forms freely available to users.
Beginning with the Gutenberg project, the number of e-libraries has been in continuous growth and information has been made available for free download on the Internet.
The largest free online library is www.hebrewbooks.org, a kind of Jewish Gutenberg project, based in Brooklyn, NY, which offers the downloading of books from its catalog of 11,000 titles.
Called the Gutenberg Project, the purpose of this pioneering enterprise is "to encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks." The work of the Project is managed mostly by volunteers who produce and proof the books.
(The Gutenberg Project, www.gutenberg.net/cgibin/search/t9.cgi offers a link to an online copy of this classic work by Jane Addams; you may search the site by author or title.)